Jamaican Classics - Chapter One
Tony Chin
Underdog Records
July 28, 2008

Track list
  1. Born To Love You
  2. Those Guys
  3. Ring Of Gold
  4. Why Did You Leave
  5. Memories By The Score
  6. Girl I Left Behind
  7. On The Beach
  8. Nut Tree
  9. Left With A Broken Heart
  10. Talking Love
  11. Riding For A Fall
  12. Not Anymore
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
In the first half of the 1990s Freddie McGregor was very successful with a popular series of albums entitled "Freddie McGregor Sings Jamaican Classics", on which he demonstrated what a superb interpreter of proven material he can be. In 2008 Tony Chin, original member of the Soul Syndicate band, session player with The Aggrovators and The Revolutionaries, and in these times touring the world with the Fully Fullwood Band, comes up with the same concept on his latest cd entitled "Jamaican Classics - Chapter One" (indicating there are more installments to follow).

In contrast to Freddie McGregor, Tony Chin isn't a natural born singer, but the unsurpassable choice of songs featured on this cd show he's blessed with a fine voice and truly knows how to use it, both as lead vocalist and as backing singer. Expertly backed by experienced Jamaican musicians such as Carlton "Santa" Davis, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, George "Fully" Fullwood, Keith Sterling alongside keyboard players Michael Hyde, Jawge Hughes and Rick Stephens, Tony Chin expresses his affection for the songs he used to hear on the radio, at parties, in the dancehall, in the clubs and in the jukebox during his schooldays in Jamaica. It were these songs and the music, mainly coming from then leading studios Treasure Isle and Studio One, that inspired him to play music himself.

"Jamaican Classics - Chapter One" features real nice do-overs of true classics from the Rocksteady era including Slim Smith's Studio One hit "Born To Love You", The Sensations' "Those Guys", The Heptones' "Why Did You Leave", Ken Boothe's wonderful "Girl I Left Behind", The Melodians' "Little Nut Tree", Delroy Wilson's "Riding For A Fall", and The Meoldians' "You Don't Need Me" (here titled "Not Anymore"), to name only those which belong to our favourite tracks. All in all a nice collection of tunes that brings back memories of the most important episode in Jamaican musical history.

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